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Chapter18_post - People and Natural Hazards Underlying Problems people put themselves where they can be impacted by major natural events Towns were

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People and Natural Hazards: Underlying Problems • people put themselves where they can be impacted by major natural events – Towns were located where suitable for earlier basic needs, but modern infrastructure is too entrenched for easy relocations • belief that we can control nature – Short-term ‘cures’ are seen as solution to nature’s rampages • installing levees, concrete barriers, catchment basins and landslide drains – Fail to see that the more we hold back the effect of large natural event, the worse the effect will eventually be; problems are often diverted elsewhere • preferred approach has been to react after disaster – zoning to prevent building, strict building codes – billions of tax dollars are spent to protect inherently high-risk areas for benefit of few – Federal policy has shifted to mitigation, with funds for rebuilding only in safer location or in safer way
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Thinking on geologic time scales • Collective memories of disasters only go back a few years
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course GEO 107 taught by Professor Stidham during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Chapter18_post - People and Natural Hazards Underlying Problems people put themselves where they can be impacted by major natural events Towns were

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